FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Nebraska men’s 1,600 relay team provided the largest Husker highlight of the NCAA Indoor Championships Saturday.
The team of Ricco Hall, Levi Gipson, Christian Sanderfer and Cody rush finished in seventh with a school record-breaking time of 3:07.63. The team of all underclassmen — Rico Hall is the lone sophomore with three freshman — won there section of the event.
The 2013 team’s mark breaks a nearly 21-year-old mark set on March 13, 1992, by Travis Grant, Mark Jackson, Pat Trainor and Ken Waller. That team’s school-record time was 3:07.64 and they finished in fifth place at the 1992 Indoor Championships.
Janis Leitis returned to the sand pits Saturday to finish in ninth place in the triple jump. He notched a leap of 51-9 to add a second top-10 finish in two days after he got also got ninth in the long jump on Friday.
For the Nebraska women, Mara Griva completed her final NCAA Indoor Championships with the triple jump. She placed 11th with a leap of 42-4. The mark came on her first attempt and marked her finest triple jump performance in her two trips to the championships in the event.
James White closed out his first indoor season with the Huskers in the high jump. The Grandview, Mo., native and Iowa Central Community College transfer ended the year with a jump of 7-0. He finished in 16th and fell over three inches short of his jump in the Big Ten Championships earlier this season.
The Nebraska men finished 32nd in the team rankings with six points while the women failed to score.
The Arkansas men won the national championship with 74 points to Florida’s 59 and the Oregon women took first-place honors with 56 points. Kansas finished behind the Ducks with 44.